Post Match report for the Liverpool game - Saturday, 14th January 2023

PREMIER LEAGUE 22/23: Brighton V Liverpool - 14/1/23 P18


* * * * * HOME FORM GETS A BOOST * * * * *


RESULT: 3-0 ~ March 2, Welbeck . (h-t 0-0)


VENUE: the Amex, Falmer - ninth home match of 18 fixtures to date . Sat 3:00pm.
BEFORE KICKOFF: Brighton fans were used to wind & rain down the years, so opportunity to see Reds in middle of winter was an occasion for experiencing the gathering storm.
WEATHER: windy & showers . . . GATE: 31,645 . . . ATMOSPHERE: blue & white cloud nine.

ROBERTO de ZERBI had nearly a full squad available for selection. Transfer speculation surrounded Trossard.
RdZ chose to go with recent Prem starters, bolstered by a group of players awaiting the chance for minutes.
INJURED: 0 . REHAB: 15 Moder . SQUAD: 11 Trossard 20 Enciso
STARTING SHAPE: 4-2-3-1

TEAM . . . . . . . . 1 Sanchez
. 13 Gross 5 Dunk 6 Colwill 30 Estupinan
. 7 March 10 Mac Allister 25 Caicedo 22 Mitoma
. . . . . . . . 14 Lallana . . . . 28 Ferguson

SUBS: 34 Veltman (66), 18 Welbeck (66), 19 Sarmiento (83), 2 Lamptey (91), 4 Webster (91)
BENCH: 23 Steele (gk) 21 Undav 27 Gilmour 29 van Hecke


GOALS:
1-0 - 46 . MARCH completed a flowing team move, with assistance from Mitoma, to stay on-side and slot home.
2-0 - 53 . MARCH bagged a brace with a rising cross-shot that tucked inside the far post after good work by Ferguson.
3-0 - 81 . WELBECK got better of an aerial duel to advance with the ball and beat the keeper coming out to block.


YELLOWS: Dunk

MAJOR INCIDENT: at nil-nil March was decked by the keeper following thru. The pen got overruled by VAR for offside.

CHANGES: 66 Veltman & Welbeck for Lallana & Ferguson . 83 Sarmiento for Mac Allister.
91 Lamptey & Webster for Mitoma & Dunk.


FIRST HALF: hosts football was of good quality, especially one-touch passing interchanges to go forwards.
But scoring a perfect goal was a matter of conjecture.
SECOND HALF: locals moved up the gears while visitors laboured to link back with front to any effect in open play.
Once in front Seagulls floated on air and were not unduly pushed to hold down sporadic opposition counter measures.

IN THE END: almost a pyrrhic victory against a below standard Reds display. And on scrutiny the clean sheet said it all.
Goal scorers will rightly gain plaudits, however Seagulls rearguard operated effectively, as unsung heroes, in a pukka team performance.
NUMBERS: poss 62%-38%, on target 9-2, off target 7-4, corners 7-1,
fouls 8-15, yellows 1-3, subs 5-4, shape 4231-433 . . . . . gd10 pt30 po7

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